Bygone Bird 3 Letters
Bygone Bird 3 Letters – In 2017, designer Roy Scholten and collaborator Martijn van der Blom brought LEGO to their letterpress workshop for elementary school students. Accessible to the young and most, the ubiquitous plastic bricks were easier and faster to use than the traditional lead type and were familiar creative tools to many children. At the same time, the pair also developed a series of LEGO dinosaur prints in subtle gradients, an early collection that inspired Scholten’s ongoing project using unusual materials.
From his studio in Hilversum, Scholten creates dozens of winged creatures found in the Netherlands as part of 50 Birds. The 6 x 6-inch design features rigid blocks arranged in a beak and round belly with small lines of white in between. He describes his process:
Bygone Bird 3 Letters
Creating a design begins with establishing the outline, overall shape and posture of the bird. Once that puzzle is solved, that construction is again divided into three to six different “Lego stamps”, one for each color. Each stamp is printed in the correct order so that the combination results in a finished design.
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Scholten is releasing 20 editions of each work, and keep an eye on Instagram for his upcoming renditions of Kingfisher, Jay, Dunnock, Blue-headed Wagtail and Odd Duck. If you’re in the area, he also offers weekly letterpress and monoprinting workshops at Grafisch Atelier Hilversum. You might also enjoy this LEGO typeface tutorial. (by present and proper)
LEGO are the (literal) building blocks behind a range of creative endeavors—we’ve featured dozens of them over the years, from Akow Nimako’s elaborate world-building series to Hokusai’s sculptural recreations of “The Great Wave of Kanagawa.” Put to another inventive use in Craig Ward’s ongoing Brick Font project.
While playing with her children last fall, the New York-based designer realized that the pieces of plastic she spends days working on could be an interesting analog complement to the brand’s identity. “I’ve always enjoyed the constraints of modular kind of design, and I’m surprised it took me this long to put the two things together,” he tells Colossal. He then began shaping bricks into ubiquitous typefaces such as Helvetica and Garmond, and physical representations of digital remains.
This sparked a full-scale project involving dozens of typographic studies: A scroll through the Brick font Instagram features references to single letters, throwback video game logos, and anti-nicknames like the pixelated “OK” shown above. The project has already led to collaborations with Apple and a knitwear brand, and Ward is in the process of producing a book on the idea. He has also released printables on Etsy and prints on Society6. (via Kotke)
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Kurashiki-based builder Mitsuru Nikaido casts sea life, insects and land animals as mechanical, robot-like characters built entirely with LEGO. Using his signature palette of gray and white bricks and unique parts, Nikaido creates spring-loaded limbs for a walrus, a gecko tail that is able to swing toward its body, and spiders that look like they can move away on hinged legs. . The semi-transparent samples shown here are just a few of the designer’s elaborate mecha sculptures, more of which you can find on Flickr and Instagram. (via Steampunk Tendencies)
Details of “Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE” (2019). Photos by Samuel Engelking. All images © Ekow Nimako, shared with permission.
Thousands of sleek, black LEGOs create utopian universes by Toronto-based artist Ekow Nimako. From life-size figurative sculptures with a whimsical twist to vast landscapes that mimic dense metropolises, Nimako’s artwork is rooted in the visionary realm of Afrofuturism, which “explores the intersection of technology and race to envision a powerful future for Africa” with a hearty dose of hope and strength.
His ongoing series, Building Black, is an expansive collection that encompasses exotic masks inspired by West African tradition and mythological characters drawn from folklore and proverbs. Another aspect includes a large, architectural sculpture that spans 30-square-feet. The 2019 work is titled “Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE”, a reference to the capital city of the ancient Ghana Empire which is believed to have had a mosque, a central square and various circuit walls.
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Running through each of these artworks is a fluid sense of time and space that blurs the distinctions between generations, places, and histories to envision a new reality. “We are all living proofs of our ancestors, all their joy, love, knowledge and pain. They live in our DNA,” says the Ghanaian-Canadian artist. “Aesthetically, I enjoy taking elements from bygone eras and creating futuristic landscapes, especially African utopias, to imagine a free existence for all of us.”
The ambiguous temporality that foregrounds his sculptures and installations also parallels his own trajectory. “My art practice developed when I was four years old, because I kept telling myself that I wanted to do this (playing with LEGO) forever, and sometimes it felt like my future self was communicating with my past self, Perhaps to confirm this. A very specific fate unfolded,” he says, adding that plastic blocks have been a constant in his personal and professional life since becoming a father.
Today, Nimaco works entirely with black LEGO, designed to differentiate its practice from the iconic brand. “My uniqueness was that I wanted to create artwork for which the medium was secondary,” he shares. “Form and content, the embodiment of life, always come first with my work.”
In 2017, Nimako published a guide to LEGO animals, Beasts from Bricks, and plans to continue the education with a tutorial for creating an Afrofuturistic world launching on their site this June. It will be included in a group exhibition at the onsite gallery beginning in June 2022, and a solo show at the Dunlop Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, in October of next year. In the meantime, explore his large collection of elaborately designed universes on Instagram. (via Hyperallergic)
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When your next ambitious baking project doesn’t pan out, try your hand at a simple recipe with just one ingredient. Follow Japan-based animator Tomostein through a stop-motion tutorial for a decadent cake layered with chocolate frosting made entirely with LEGO. The ASMR-inducing animation describes the process of an egg breaking into a block of yolk to seeing the individual bricks of chocolate change color drastically to crumble to top. To make similar pastries like French toast, churros, and triple-layer cheesecake, head over to Tomostein’s YouTube. (via The Kids Should See This)
Japan-based artist Jumpy Mitsui is one of only 21 LEGO certified professionals in the world—meaning his full-time job is creating artwork with the plastic building blocks—and the youngest of the famous group. He recently completed this title with a sculptural recreation of Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave of Kanagawa.” Over a period of 400 hours, Mitsui pulled 50,000 cobalt and white LEGOs together in an undulating wave that mimics the original woodblock print.
To recreate this iconic work in three dimensions, Mitsui studied videos of crashing waves and holes in academic papers on the subject. He then sketched a detailed model before assembling the textured water, three boats and Mount Fuji spanning over five feet.
If you’re in Osaka, Mitsui’s wave can be seen forever at the Hankyu Brick Museum. Otherwise, find a decade’s worth of the artist’s LEGO tutorials on YouTube and follow his work on Twitter and Instagram. (via Spoon and Tamago) Bygone Mach 1 breaker for short / WED 5-11-22 / ex L.A. Laker Odom / Jazz piano style played by Fats Waller and Mary Lou Williams / Island like Kiritimati / Mount Totna / Windy City rail system / 1908 boxing film for which De Niro won Best Actor in a Song / Banjo
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Wow, the third appearance of an AM-N RA in about four days, but instead we get a near-miss Ramona (44D: ___ Quimby, Beverly Cleary heroine). Close the call. Very close. I really like this theme, but unfortunately I didn’t see the theme until the very end. The part before the end—you know, the part where you put all the letters in the little box—was a lot (much) less fun. The puzzle really lost me,